Our PSA: Ticks suck.

A month ago, Melvin woke up one day and could barely get up.  He moaned when he moved.  He tired quickly, sometimes while we were still in the driveway, just starting our walk.  Had old age set in over night?  We’d seen it before — it was some sort of issue from some stupid tick.

Melvin has pretty much had every test and procedure known to dog.  We have had him tested for tick borne disease and the test come back negative (Jake on the other hand came to us with Ehrlichia) .  But both the neurologist and the regular vet feel Melvin’s results are misleading.  While he might not have one of the big four tick borne diseases, he most definitely has one of the many tick borne disease they have not discovered yet.  In fact, the neurologist told me there are hundreds of tick born diseases out there, that affect dogs every day, they just haven’t classified them all yet.

Enter Doxycycline.  We used it last time Melvin had the flare-up and we tried it again this time.  The difference is last time it was about $20 a week and this time it was $180 a week.  Treatment is four weeks, minimum.  But you know what, who cares!  When your dog can’t walk and he moans to move, well I try to think of what I wouldn’t do to help, and  there is really nothing on that list.  I’ll move heaven and earth (or pay a lot of money) to help him.

Melvin finished his first round of Doxy this week.  If the symptoms return (for this round), we should know by the weekend, and he’d have to go back on Doxy for two months this time.  If not, well we will rejoice!  But the fact is, he has some tick issue inside and we need to be realistic that it could pop back up at any time.

So Deer Ticks (see what i did there with Deer/Dear — I’m so clever), I HATE YOU.  I HATE YOU.  I heard you don’t even serve a purpose in the ecosystem of life.  For something so useless, you are terrible. Awful. Hurtful.  And if I see you, well if I see you, you’re dead.  Yeah, you heard me.  I will burn you to the ground.  I will squash you, flush you, twist you in to pieces.  Sincerely, the mother of two dogs that you have infected.

Happy weekend – look out for ticks!

Hey, it’s me, Jake.

I thought I’d give my own update.  I’m doing great, and in case you ladies were wondering, I’m still very sexy. I know I’m a dog but sometimes I see myself in the mirror and I think, MEOW!

I love my life.  I sleep-in like a teenager, She literally has to nudge me to get up.  My butt must still be pretty big cause my back legs really struggle to hold it up, especially first thing in the morning. It’s ok though cause she bought me a car to drive around in!!! What-up ladies?!

When I think of my life, there are two things I see.  Her and him.  First, I love Her.  I mean, I love-love her.  She makes me be calm and gooey inside.  I used to be all scatter-brained and freaky but now, I’m mellllloooowwwww. I love to stare at her.  I turn my head away from her so I can stare her directly in the eye.  And she blows me kisses.  Gahhhhhhh.  I mean I now know what true love is.  Heres a secret… sometimes my butt shoots out the meatballs and I SWEAR on Melvin’s butt that I don’t mean to do it, I mean I’m as shocked as anyone else in the vicinity.  But she just says, ‘it’s ok, I’ll get it’.  Is that what love does, it makes her willing to pick up meatballs IN THE HOUSE?

Then there is him, brother, Melvin, the scent that heals me. Hot damn I love that guy.  Did you know that when he is standing up, I fit perfectly underneath him?  I mean what are the odds, it’s like we are puzzle pieces.  I don’t know if two pieces makes a puzzle, but our two pieces make a whole lotta awesome!  If I’m being honest, Melvin is much nicer than I am.  I still have split personality syndrome and sometimes Absolutely Not (that is my alters name, at least that is what She calls out when he rears his evil head) will try to bite Melvin’s face and I try to fight forward but Absolutely Not must really like how Melvin’s face tastes.  Apparently Absolutely Not doesn’t have a functioning nose cause the prize is at the other end of Melvin’s body. What a dummy.

I wish I could make Melvin Booty Candles, we would make a fortune!  She always says that we should get jobs, so maybe one day that can happen!

Well, I gotta run.  I will leave you with the highlight of my awesome life thus far – it just happened this past week.  Even though She wrote that Melvin doesn’t like to snuggle me, SNUGGLING OCCURRED PEOPLE!  I don’t know how, I don’t know why and I don’t care!  He loves me, I just knew it!!!

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A brotherhood update.

The boys are doing great! Sure, every sibling relationship has it’s issues (in our house we call that pulling a Jake). When someone new comes over or a dog passes in front of our house (the nerve of that dog) Jake will try to bite Melvin’s face (I am still not sure what his MO is…’hey someone new is here, I should bite my brother’s face to alert him’ or ‘hey a dog just came to close to our house, let me bite my brother’s head in retaliation’).  Thankfully, Melvin continues to channel his inner Nelson Mandela and walks away each and every time.

The other 99% of the time, they are living in sweet harmony.  Jake spends a great deal of time smelling Melvin. Melvin must smell brand spanking new every day because Jake never misses a chance to take it all in. Sometimes they kiss each other, back and forth.  I’ve noticed also that they have started laying closer and closer to the other however the moment Jake touches Melvin, Melvin will get up and move.  If you are human, Melvin will melt into you. If you are Jake, Melvin is not super touchy/feely.  This can also be seen when Jake is in Melvin’s bed and Melvin wants in said bed.  Jake will move over to make room for his brother (it’s really sweet to see but then I know that heartbreak is upon us).  Melvin is not keen on the idea of bed sharing with his brother so he will, ever-so-gently, nudge Jake with his nose to ‘encourage’ his departure from the bed. Despite the rejection, Jake still tries every time.

They seem to know when the other one is having a tough day.  If Jake is down for the count due to his legs, Melvin will go to Jake and lay down, often kissing him first.  When Melvin was having issues with his joints due to his tick born disease, Jake would not only smell Melvin’s whole body, but he’d deliver kisses along the way.

I couldn’t have asked for more.  I love that they love.

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Siriusly Addicted.

Three years ago, Melvin had one collar.  Our life was happy, but there was also a sadness (in the general area of accessorizing). I knew we had to make a change.  I mean one collar?  That is borderline abusive.

Today, Melvin has a collar collection that is museum worthy.  When Jake came, I obviously needed to catch him up on his own collection.  I mean, it would be hurtful not to.  Funny story there, I bought Jake a bunch of collars and then his neck went through a growth spurt, so now I am slowly replacing each collar that is too tight for his giant waddle.

Let me first explain that when I say collars, I mean Sirius Republic collars.  We have a monogamous relationship with SR.  We are not swingers.

So here’s the thing.  I’m addicted – but don’t send help.  If you want to send something, send ideas for the next Sirius Republic collar they most definitely don’t need will be getting!  We have thirty collars so far (this does not include bow ties, or leashes or snoods).  When I was taking the photos, I realized a couple of collars were in the wash (and two are in use).  I could have gotten them but I think these photos do the addiction plenty of justice.  On this one thing in life, we never ‘just say no’. (We have that same philosophy about wine).

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How to mend a day.

I had a crappy day last week.  Everything that could go wrong at work, did.  And then some.  I came home feeling defeated and worrying how I could fix it all the next day.

The dog walker leaves notes every day, about how the boys did and whether they ‘went’. On that crappy day, I came home to this… and all was beautiful again.

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In case you can’t read the latest entry: Cooler today!  Melvin happy!  Your boys are so well-behaved! It’s truly a joy to see them every day!  You should feel proud – you’ve done a good job! 🙂

This (my real job) work matters most!  Yay us!